Fans of the Nine-Dragon Cypress Tree – Beijing, China – Photo

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Fans of the Nine-Dragon Cypress Tree - Beijing, China - Photo

The Nine-Dragon Cypress Tree at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing is a popular tree. This is not a picture of the tree itself but of the crowd around the tree. Just what exactly they are doing I cannot say.

This is a Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis) of over 500 years old. Straight, robust and in a grotesque shape, the trunk is covered all over with spiral grooves which twist up vertically along as if nine coiling dragons were wreathing up into the sky, and hence the name of “the Nine-Dragon Juniper”.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

One Response to “Fans of the Nine-Dragon Cypress Tree – Beijing, China – Photo”

Cathie

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I was told by my tour guide, that this particular tree is believed to give you energy. That is why people put there arms out towards it.

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